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Growing up in Armyville : Canada's military families during the Afghanistan mission / Deborah Harrison, Patrizia Albanese.
First edition.
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Waterloo, Ontario : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016.

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xi, 247 pages : charts ; 23 cm.
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It was 2006, and eight hundred soldiers from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) base in pseudonymous "Armyville," Canada, were scheduled to deploy to Kandahar. Many students in the Armyville school district were destined to be affected by this and several subsequent deployments. These deployments, however, represented such a new and volatile situation that the school district lacked--as indeed most Canadians lacked--the understanding required for an optimum organizational response. Growing Up in Armyville provides a close-up look at the adolescents who attended Armyville High School (AHS) between 2006 and 2010. How did their mental health compare with that of their peers elsewhere in Canada? How were their lives affected by the Afghanistan mission--at home, at school, among their friends, and when their parents returned with post-traumatic stress disorder? How did the youngsters cope with the stress? What did their efforts cost them? Based on questions from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, administered to all youth attending AHS in 2008, and on in-depth interviews with sixty-one of the youth from CAF families, this book provides some answers. It also documents the partnership that occurred between the school district and the authors' research team. Beyond its research findings, this pioneering book considers the past, present, and potential role of schools in supporting children who have been affected by military deployments. It also assesses the broader human costs to CAF families of their enforced participation in the volatile overseas missions of the twenty-first century.

Author Notes

Deborah Harrison is a professor (retired) and adjunct professor of sociology at the University of New Brunswick and a formed member of the Canadian Forces Advisory Council to Veterans Affairs Canada. She is co-author of No Life Like It: Military Wives in Canada (1994) and author of The First Casualty: Violence Against Women in Canadian Military Communities (2002) and numerous articles.
Patrizia Albanese is a professor at Ryerson University and past-president of the Canadian Sociology Association. She is co-author of Youth Society (2011) and More Than It Seems (2010); author of Children in Canada Today (2016) and Child Poverty in Canada (2010); and co-editor of Sociology (2016). She has done research on child care in Canada and youth in CAF families.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Harrison and Albanese's groundbreaking work is a meticulous, accessible examination of a New Brunswick military town's home-front reactions to the deployment of troops in Canada's longest war, the occupation of Afghanistan from 2001 to 2011. This collaborative academic study is an engaging history that contextualizes the war while analyzing the often devastating effect of the soldiers' overseas deployment on their children and spouses. The book is bolstered by extensive, frequently heartbreaking firsthand stories of soldiers' adolescent children, who, in addition to typical teen-years stressors, must also deal with the effects of school transfers, new responsibilities as parent substitutes, and fears, anxieties and depression triggered by knowing a loved one is in a war zone. It also shows loved ones trying to deal with veterans' PTSD, catastrophic physical injuries, and other difficult readjustments after life in a combat zone. Out of the mouths of babes come remarkably perceptive insights that the study's authors clearly hope will be heard by policy makers who decide when to go to war. The book also documents recommendations on how to assist families in case of future military entanglements but concludes that the momentum generated by the study's findings when they were first publicized in 2011 has, unfortunately, led to little overall progress. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1 Real Changes for Real People: Canadian Military Involvements since the Second World Warp. 9
2 Growing Up in a Military Familyp. 25
3 Growing Up in Armyville (co-authored by Karen Robson and Chris Sanders)p. 43
4 Life just Before a Deploymentp. 69
5 Life during a Deploymentp. 85
6 Life after the Deployed Parent Returns Homep. 135
7 New Beginnings at Armyville High Schoolp. 173
Conclusionp. 185
Afterword: Some Reflections from David McTimoneyp. 191
Appendix 1 Interview Schedulep. 197
Appendix 2 Recommendations Made at the 2011 Project Symposiump. 203
Notesp. 205
Referencesp. 213
Indexp. 237

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